City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time

City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time

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The third installment in the oh-so-cool City On a Hill series is a collection of spiritually-oriented holiday fare performed by CCM hipsters such as Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Michael Tait (dc Talk), Derri Daugherty (The Choir), Jars

Overview

The third installment in the oh-so-cool City On a Hill series is a collection of spiritually-oriented holiday fare performed by CCM hipsters such as Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Michael Tait (dc Talk), Derri Daugherty (The Choir), Jars of Clay, and Caedmon's Call. No "Jingle Bells" here, this is a project that points listeners toward the more serious moods of the season. Acoustic-folk treatments of "O Holy Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and "Away In a Manger" are a delightful alternative to the polished pop Christmas fare offered elsewhere; a highlight is the original material penned by such noteworthy tunesmiths as Julie Miller and Terry Scott Taylor, who also perform. The mood is reflective, almost meditative; designed to lure listeners away from the fractious holiday hubbub and inward toward one's spiritual core, it's a nice dose of peace on earth during what is often a stressful season.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The third release in the acoustic-based CCM all-star series is an easy-spirited introduction to the concept for those preferring the sweet familiarity of traditional holiday classics. But it's not just a nice compilation of songs you've heard over and over. Amidst the organic readings of "Silent Night" (vocal by Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer) and "Away in a Manger" (done solemnly by Julie Miller and Derri Daugherty) are new songs by Terry Scott Taylor (the loping folk tune "Holy Emmanuel"), Caedmon's Call (a very Celtic-flavored "Babe in the Straw"), and Jars of Clay (very elegant and restrained on "Bethlehem Town"). Other highlights are "In the Bleak Midwinter" by the Paul Colman Trio and the gorgeous harmony vocals by Sixpence None the Richer's Nash and Michael Tait on the closer, "Oh Holy Night." The point of this series is not just to gather and further expose top CCM artists to a wider audience, but to show that less is sometimes more in the often over the top realm of Christmas music.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Essential
UPC:
0083061069322
catalogNumber:
10693

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Madeira   Accordion,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Julie Miller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Scott Taylor   Vocals
David Davidson   Violin
Steve Hindalong   Percussion,Chimes,Drums,Glockenspiel,Bells
Dennis Holt   Drums
Tom Howard   Piano,Conductor
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Out of Eden   Vocals
Chris Donohue   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Recorder,Viola Da Gamba
Dan Haseltine   Percussion,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Paul Colman   Vocals
John Painter   Horn,Pump Organ
Charlie Lowell   Dulcimer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Tait   Vocals
Derri Daugherty   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Todd Bragg   Drums
Matt Odmark   12-string Guitar
Mark "Anarchy" Lee   Electric Guitar
Matt Slocum   Acoustic Guitar,Cello,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Cliff Young   Vocals
Brad Avery   Electric Guitar
Mac Powell   Vocals
Nate Sabin   Flute
Andrea Baca   Vocals
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Danielle Kimmey   Vocals
Garett Buell   Percussion
Tai Anderson   Bass Guitar
Danielle Young   Vocals
Aaron Sands   Bass Guitar,French Horn
Sara Groves   Vocals
Jamie Kenney   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Phil Madeira   Engineer
William James Kirkpatrick   Composer
Steve Hindalong   Arranger,Producer
Tom Howard   Arranger,String Arrangements
David Schober   Engineer
Jars of Clay   Producer
Bob Wohler   Executive Producer
John Painter   Arranger,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Derri Daugherty   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Robert Beeson   Art Direction
Matt Slocum   Arranger
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Jordan Richter   Engineer
Kim Thomas   Cover Art
Traditional   Composer
Jean Baptiste Calkin   Composer
Rendy Lovelady   Executive Producer
James R. Murray   Composer
Mitch Dane   Engineer,drum programming
Jamie Kenney   Engineer
Jordyn Thomas   Art Direction
Lisa Kimmey   Vocal Arrangements
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer
Ian Fraser   Composer

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